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The Emulsion Blues

Do I really have to tell you guys which brand of product I ended up having to fix on my own after buying 8 ounces of it and seeing it separate into a blob of butters with oils on top?

After that purchase, AfroVeda could officially suck it.  I. Was. PISSED!  My full-sized Totally Twisted Ginger Almond Butter separated before I could even use it for the first time!  I kept having to stir it and put it on my hair quickly, before it separated again, but it looked so gross!  I finally got sick of that little game and decided to put my knowledge of basic chemistry (and google) to use.

When a product separates, i.e. splits into oils and butters rather the luscious cream that you thought you bought, what’s happening is the emulsion is falling apart.

emulsionOils and butters sometimes will not stay mixed, just as oil and water won’t, because the molecules of one substance act as little bar magnets (in that they have poles) whereas the other molecules do not.  That attraction, or at least some strong hydrogen bonding, is needed for an emulsion to occur, in which one material is suspended in the other.

If you find that you have two substances that will not stay emulsified, you must use an emulsifier to stabilize the emulsion.  Emulsifiers come in many shapes and forms: I, personally, ended up heading to Whole Foods and buying some liquid lecithin for about $5.99.  It’s a natural emulsifier and some even take it as a supplement (for what reason, I do not even claim to know).  I poured about a teaspoon into the 8 ounces of slop, mixed with an electric mixer, and put the butter back into it’s original container.  Two days later, there is, admittedly, a little oil on top of the cream, but not even an eighth of what was there before!  That’s a huge improvement!

As for AfroVeda…

I’ve never had the distinct pleasure of dealing with their customer service (this was an on-the-ground purchase), but the quality of the full-sized Totally Twisted Ginger Almond Butter just baffled me.  What made things worse was the fact that the solution was so simple, and quick to boot.  I’ve heard that the owner of AfroVeda has no help with her business, but selling a product in that condition is just unacceptable.  Add to that mixture the huge price-hike in her products and my anger sits on top.  This just won’t work.

AfroVeda, you no longer get my patronage. 

Peace, Love, and Quality Products,

SuperCoils

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Long-Term Transitioning? My Experience:

Hey World

As you all know, I recently ended my 17 month transition from relaxed to natural hair, and I’ve noticed that most women don’t go that long.  Referencing frustration, humidity, or impatience at seeing their natural coils, many women who intend to transition for a long time don’t make it to their goal.  Heck, the same thing happened to me!  I was so sick of transitioning and I knew it just would not work out with ROTC, so I cut it the day before the first PT.

Here’s how my transition went:

  • Months 1-2: I hadn’t even decided that I was transitioning yet, but I knew it was gonna be a while before I got another perm.  I’d never liked getting perms, but I didn’t know anyone who was going natural, and I hadn’t found any online resources about it (yet).
  • Months 3-6: I found a natural hair stylist who did my hair well, but refused to give me perms.  She told me how bad perms were for myself and my body and that information, combined with my general dislike of the process and love of natural styles, prompted me to start my transition.  During this time, she maintained my hair every 2 weeks with a wash and set.
  • Months 7-9: The school year starts, and I can no longer afford a stylist.  I have to start doing my hair on my own, so I straighten it every week or two with a blow dryer and flat iron.  At this point, all of the hair on my head is around shoulder-blade length, and I constantly wear it in ponytails.  PT, plus all of the salt from not being able to wash my hair every day, is wreaking havoc on my mane!  I refuse to cut, but I don’t know if I can go on like this!
  • Months 10-14: I decide to start doing transitioner’s styles, such as the bantu knot out, braid-out, and braid-n-curl, and I finally find some resources on natural hair.  At the end of this period, I do my first LUSH henna!
  • Months 14-17: I verbal toy with the idea of cutting off the relaxed ends, but don’t take myself seriously until I go to a salon to get my hair straightened and they cut all but 1-3 inches of my relaxed hair off.  When straightened, it’s long!  It’s past my shoulders!  But I miss my curls and wash my hair in less than a week, resulting in my seeing that my hair is, well, damn-near natural.  I hold out until the end of month 17, when, on a whim, I decide to BC in my dorm room at 10 o’clock at night.

So, ladies, gentlemen, and elderly twerkers, this is how my transition went, in short.  There was a lot of frustration involved, but I’m happy I did it!  I have a length that I’m comfortable wearing and I know how to treat my hair.

That’s all for now!

Peace, Love, and Transition Tales,

SuperCoils

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One Week Natural

Hello Peoples!

I know I haven’t been on in a while, but school just started and my world is a little topsy-turvy right now.

Anywho, today marks one week since I woke up, looked at my newly natural hair, and did NOT scream, “What have I dddoooonnnneeee???”

After having the most epic braid-out of all time, I pulled my hair back into a puff and decided to rock that for the rest of the week, cowashing my hair every morning between PT and class.  I swear, you’ll never know how awesome it is to be able to wash your hair after a work-out, slap some Uncle Funky’s Daughter Curl Magic on it, and walk out the door.  Natural hair is just so much simpler and more hygienic (in my experience) than relaxed hair!

Tonight, I plan to put in my first set of two-strand twists, just to see how they look on me at this length.  I plan to do it on stretched hair (from my puff) and, if they look good, I may just keep them in until the end of the week.

As you can tell, I’m really excited to finally have natural hair!  It’s so great!

More later on henna-ing (which I MAY just do this weekend) and my newest experiences with my puff of doom.

Peace, Love, and HAIR!

SuperCoils

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